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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Offensive ROY watch: Week 11

By Josh Weinfuss

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Not much has changed from last week, but it looks like Arizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is starting to lose a little ground in the race for the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year.

Ellington is still fourth in yards gained with 604, but he’s 154 behind the leader, Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy. Cincinnati’s Giovani Bernard and St. Louis’ Zac Stacy are also ahead of Ellington. While yards gained aren’t the determining factor, Lacy is playing the best of any rookie this season.

All four running backs lead their teams in rushing, but Lacy and Stacy have had the biggest impact on their respective teams.

Ellington still leads the league with 7.19 yards per carry, but the biggest concern surrounding Ellington is his usage. He’s not the primary back, and he’s splitting carries with Rashard Mendenhall, which is limiting Ellington’s impact on the offense.

Four receivers who could make a push for the award are San Diego’s Keenan Allen, who converts first downs on 81.6 percent of his plays; Houston’s DeAndre Hopkins, who is averaging 14.57 yards per catch; Dallas’ Terrance Williams, and Washington tight end Jordan Reed.

As every week passes, Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon keeps impressing. He has 1,304 yards and nine touchdown passes in six games. He’s on pace for more than 2,700 yards.

If Ellington wants to win the Rookie of the Year, he’ll have to start making big plays on a regular basis.